Wendel: Pat Gillick and Steve Dalkowski

From SABR member Tim Wendel at The National Pastime Museum on January 28, 2017:

Pat Gillick first met Steve Dalkowski in 1960. Back then they were both pitching prospects for the Baltimore Orioles organization, and outside of trying to make the big league roster they didn’t have much in common.

The son of a minor league pitcher and a Hollywood actress, Gillick had helped USC capture the College World Series two seasons before and was known as much for his brain as his arm. In comparison, Dalkowski came from a hardscrabble background and had been gaining a reputation for his electric fastball since high school.

“The minors were already filled with stories about him,” Gillick once told me. “How he knocked somebody’s ear off and how he could throw a ball through just about anything. He had a great arm, but unfortunately he was never able to harness that great fastball of his.”

Two seasons later, the two found themselves on the same team—the Orioles’ Class A squad in Elmira, New York. Earl Weaver, who would make the jump to the big leagues six years later, was the club’s manager.

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Originally published: January 30, 2017. Last Updated: January 30, 2017.